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 Computer as a Cabinet 
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is evil...Evil Joe
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Post Computer as a Cabinet
Okay, so let's say I got a Peavey XXL amp head for Christmas. It could be a while before I get a cabinet to go with it. If I use the output on the amp head, could I plug the amp head straight into something like a mixer or a firewire audio interface like the PreSonus Firestudio mobile?

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Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:51 pm
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Post Re: Computer as a Cabinet
Nah, you'll need a load box at least, a speaker simulator or something similar.

I'd also recommend looking for a used head over the Peavey from new; Marshall/Boogie maybe.

Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:48 pm
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Post Re: Computer as a Cabinet
Using a valve head without any speakers connected would usually blow it up.
I don't know where the pridelands exactly are, but over here you get a 4x12 from ebay for a hundred bucks or so...
Even if you're not about to keep it, a cheap behringer, fame or harley benton will at least give you something to play with until you can afford
the cab you're after. ... 1423.l2649

Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:26 pm
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Post Re: Computer as a Cabinet
If the amp has an effects loop you could just connect the speaker output to some dummy jack with the right impedance and turn the master volume to 0 and then take the effects loop output and plug that into a line level audio input on your computer, where you could do the appropriate cab sim and listen on your monitors. This denies you any of the flavor that the actual power amp stage would give to the sound but in my experience this is much milder than what the pre-amp / gain stage does and should get you what you are looking for. I do this with my HT-5 sometimes and it sounds pretty good.

Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:32 am
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